Are you a new resident of Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton or Britannia Beach? Get ready for an awesome summer. The Sea to Sky corridor has some of the most unique events in Canada to experience the best of adventure sports, yoga culture, awesome food and music.
Whether you like outdoor concerts, adrenaline sports or trying new tastes, getting out to special events is an amazing way to explore the corridor and meet new people. The incredible access to the outdoors brings a lot of enthusiastic and friendly faces to the Sea to Sky – try not to be intimidated or shy, because everyone is excited to share their passion!
There’s lots of life north of the big city, and we don’t want you to miss a thing this summer. Here’s the biggest events to check out.
Get inspired by a constant variety of cool outdoor sports.
Did you (and all your gear) relocate to Squamish or Whistler to be out on the trails all day? You made the right choice. Not only is there amazing every day access to adrenaline-filled outdoor pursuits in the Sea to Sky, there’s also a culture of events and comps all summer long where you can make new friends and test your skills.
Climbing and wind sports have a home in Squamish under shadow of the Chief – where the Arc’Teryx Climbing Academy is held every year in July and bouldering and acroyoga festival Squamish Rampage a month later in August. Windy days on the Howe Sound make for the perfect setting for KiteClash’s national kite surfing competition and annual sailing race Soar in July.
Mountain biking is the summer sport of Whister, where plenty of meet-ups and clinics take place every weekend. It all comes together for Crankworx – nine days of mountain biking “where gravity knows no bounds.” Whistler’s trails are also great for runners, and it’s no surprise we host Ironman, Tough Mudder and the Whistler 50.
There’s so much yoga, we’re giving it its own section:
Acroyoga, paddleboard yoga, gondola yoga, studio yoga, outdoor yoga: go anywhere in the Sea to Sky, and you’ll find fit yogis practicing their zen in front of stunning mountain backdrops. Yoga culture is big here, and two major summer festivals offer a chance to get right into it.
Squamish’s Blessed Coast Festival takes place in July, offering a beautiful mash up of music, dancing, camping, yoga workshops and ceremony. Just a few weeks later passionate yogas will travel from across the country to attend Wanderlust in Whistler, a massive four-day celebration of yoga, live music, outdoor adventure, food and finding the path to “connect to your life’s purpose.”
Now that you’ve worked up an appetite: enjoy beer, BBQ and ‘booch.
Take it from an Ontarian: the Sea to Sky has a tragic lack of roadside chip trucks, MacIntosh apples and maple syrup… but the kombucha and craft beer are flowing.
The Sea to Sky offers a number of opportunities to enjoy BC’s bounty, including farmers markets in Pemberton, Squamish and Whistler. Squamish’s Beer Festival takes place in July, introducing to you to over 50 beers and ciders. If you miss that (or you’re still thirsty) don’t despair: just head north in September for double the amount of new beers to try in Whistler Village.
You’ll want to pair you beer with some good eats too: try Whistler’s BBQ Championships in July and give thanks at the Slow Food Ride in August, Pemberton’s cycling celebration of farmers and local eats.
Don’t despair, concert lovers: RIP Pemberton Music Fest, but we still have live music.
Looking forward to the Pemberton Music Fest? Or the Squamish Valley music festival? Sorry, we have some bad news. Summer music festivals in the Sea to Sky are having a rough go of it lately, and neither of those festivals are taking place this year.
That said, you don’t necessarily need to head to Van to enjoy live music this summer. So many of the events above (including the Arc’Teryx Climbing Academy and Blessed Coast) include big musical acts. And in August the Whistler summer concert series brings Elijah Ray, Quixotic, Delhi 2 Dublin and Alan Doyle to the Olympic Plaza.
Bring the kids. Sea to Sky has family fun too.
Family-friendly events are plentiful in the Sea to Sky, which is great for keeping kids busy in the summer months off school. In July the Whistler Children’s Festival is a big highlight offering music, crafts and wacky fun for kids of all ages. The Squamish counterpart, the Squamish Children’s Festival, takes place in early September.
Especially in Squamish and Pemberton, where plenty of young families call home, most events on this list are family-friendly and include activities for kids. If your little one is a Thomas the Train fan, they’ll have a chance to meet the friendly steamer in May when he visits West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Finally, for young naturalists, the annual toad migration through Whister’s Lost Lake in late July is a great place to volunteer and learn about nature.